HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - Huntington Beach police said they were preparing for potential curfew defiers as a planned demonstration was set to take place at the city's pier Saturday. Demonstrators were expected to protest the statewide curfew that goes into effect Saturday evening at 10 p.m.
"We are aware. I believe our command staff is putting together a plan to address that," a communications operator with the Huntington Beach Police Department told City News Service on Saturday.
A second "curfew breaker" demonstration was also planned for San Clemente, according to FoxLA's Bill Melugin.
The new curfew applies to counties statewide in the purple tier of California's risk assessing coronavirus monitoring blueprint.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department, and other sheriff's departments throughout California, have said they will not enforce the order.
Orange County and Los Angeles County are both in the purple tier. The new curfew prohibits all "non-essential work, movement and gatherings" between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning Saturday night and continuing until the morning of Dec. 21.
Melugin of FoxLA tweeted Friday that a "curfew breakers" protest/rally was being planned for at 10:01 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier, in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide curfew scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
It was unknown who was organizing the demonstration. A flier posted with the tweet said: "If you are a free American and are more than nonessential join us for a clear act of defiance against Newsoms 10 pm stay at home order."
There is now a second one of these “curfew breakers” events planned in San Clemente tonight.
A reminder, L.A. County’s curfew went into effect last night. The state’s starts tonight at 10pm. https://t.co/7OXzzA3fDW
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 21, 2020
—The City News Service contributed to this report.